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Workplace harassment affects more than 1 in 5 people, says UN report

A new report by the UN has revealed that one or more than one in five people face workplace harassment, whether physical, psychological, or sexual.

International Labor Organization (ILO), Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), and Gallup released a report which also shows that the harassment rate is way higher in America and Africa.

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Manuela Tomei, ILO assistant director-general for governance, rights, and dialogue, said at a press conference stated that it hurts to discover that many people experience harassment and violence at work regularly.

“Psychological violence and harassment are the most prevalent across countries, and women are particularly exposed to sexual violence and harassment,” Tomei added.

Globally 17.9% of employees regardless of gender said they experienced psychological harassment whereas 8.5% faced physical harassment.

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The report urged the regular gathering of comprehensive data on workplace violence and harassment at the national, regional, and international levels.

It also looked at things like shame, guilt, a lack of faith in authorities, or the perception that such unacceptable acts are normal that may hinder people from sharing their experiences.

According to the survey, only half of the victims worldwide acknowledged their experiences to someone else, and sometimes only after they had been subjected to many acts of violence and harassment.


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